Michael Traill


Michael is the Founding Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia, an organisation offering innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. Prior to this role, Michael spent 15 years as a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Bank’s venture capital arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. In his time there, Michael invested in 42 businesses generating a gross rate of return of 24%.

Michael holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Mark Carnegie

Non-Executive Director

Mark has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor and corporate adviser in New York, London and Sydney. He co-founded leading Australian boutique corporate advisory, venture capital and private equity firm Carnegie, Wylie & Co with John Wylie in 2000. In August 2007, Carnegie Wylie was acquired by leading Wall Street bank, Lazard Inc.

Prior to Carnegie Wylie, Mark trained on Wall Street with James D. Wolfensohn and worked with Lloyd Williams at Hudson Conway in London. Mark was the Australian and Asian representative of Hellman & Friedman for much of the 1990s.

In addition to having been involved in a range of diverse Australian and Asian investments, Mark has been a participant in groups that have acquired major stakes in the Courage Pub Estate, John Fairfax Holdings, Hoyts Cinemas, Formula One Holdings, SCTV, Macquarie Radio Network, Lonely Planet Publications and London Sumatra Plantations.

As a corporate adviser, Mark has worked with Qantas and Coles Myer on general strategic matters, Westfield on its $22 billion merger and Qantas on its JetStarAsia start-up in Singapore.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Melbourne University. He is a former Treasurer of the Oxford Union.

Ian Basser


Ian has over 20 years’ experience in starting, running and building service companies around the world including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, USA, UK and Europe.

He was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Chandler Macleod Group Limited until August 2012. Prior to joining Chandler Macleod, he spent four years establishing and developing the Mettle Group as a strategic leadership and culture consultancy.

Prior to Mettle Group, Ian was on the global management team of Michael Page International building operations in Australia, Asia and North America. He was Chief Operating Officer and Board Director of Harvey Nash running operations in the UK, Europe and Asia. He currently works with a small group of SaaS, human capital management and digital design businesses, helping them take their offering to global markets.